Fri 7th - Thur 13th | July 2023

Player Sessions

‘O Bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand…’: Sing and play an English-language harp song (2 of 2)

Eibhlís Ní Ríordáin

60 mins

Level: Intermediate

Sunday July 9th

16:00 - 17:00 GMT +1

Event Overview

Bonny Portmore, collected by Edward Bunting in 1796 from the harper and singer, Daniel Black, has a rich historical background, with many closely related songs, including the Irish language song, Peigi Ní Shléibhín, also collected by Bunting.

In this second class you will learn Eibhlís’s harp song setting of Bonny Portmore, and you will start to sing the song to your own harp accompaniment.  We will focus particularly on how your singing of the song can enhance your harp playing, and inform your ability to phrase authentically and naturally. Students who have done some preparatory work before Scoil will have an opportunity to sing and/or play the song and receive Eibhlís’s feedback on their performance.

(Session 2 of 2: NB. It will be taken that you have attended session 1)

Materials provided in advance: lyrics, lyrics recording, and Eibhlís’s reconstructed setting. This will allow you to prepare, and also to have authoritative, and practical, source material for your own subsequent work.

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